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February 12, 2012

Year in Review 2011

For last one week I am not having any work and getting bored. Today was no different for me. I’m sitting here at my office and getting bored. All day I have been looking into cricket statistics. Getting into mid of February, my blog is still waiting for a review post of what happened in last one year. I have couple of hours to go home and as I am waiting I’d like to take a quick look back at 2011, with a YEAR IN REVIEW

I am trying hard to memorize as what has happened in this year. So in parallel I am taking help of my own blog postings and Facebook timeline and activity log.

JANUARY 2011: Year started off well with a nice Year end count down and party. Watched lot of movies as usual. Had a good time on the occasion of Swetha’s birthday. Yet another year without any hike and do not have a reason why I should stay in the current job. As the month came to an end, the only positive feeling that took into next month is about mom and dad coming to Singapore.

FEBRUARY 2011: The month started off with mom and dad visiting Singapore. We travelled around in Singapore and also visited Malaysia and Indonesia. We started the year of runs with the Zoo run of 8KM. February 12th was Ramya’s second anniversary and February 14th, Valentines day was my second marriage anniversary. Swetha & I were very happy as we spent quality time with mom & dad. Cricket World Cup 2011 has started with a bang.

MARCH 2011: March has always been special for me as its the month of my birthday. Had a great time on my birthday with mom and dad. After mom dad left Singapore, our good time continued and we enjoyed all the weekends. Holi was a highlight as we had a great time at ECP. In World Cup, India defeated Australia and Pakistan in Quarters and Semis respectively. We also started our $1000 budget month in March. Most important, I completed 3 years of blogging.

APRIL 2011: April started of with Ramya fooling me about her trip to SG. India won the world cup after 27 years beating Sri Lanka in the final. We all cheered Team India and Sachin. Started using Windows Live writer for my blogging. My best buddies marriage anniversary. This is the month when my blog reached 14000 visitors. Celebrated Ugadi nicely with all the friends coming home. Celebrated Nagaraj’s birthday at Khalsa Club. Our running continued with 12KM run at 2XU compression run. After mom and dad, my brother came to Singapore for a short trip. I had a nice time with him.

MAY 2011: May was full of fun as Nagaraj’s family was in Singapore and we had a great time. As they were in Singapore we went out for Bowling, Wake Boarding, Ice Skating and did many other activities. We also went to see the Air Show where we got a chance to sit in the F-16 fighter jet. My team also won 2 matches comprehensively after 6 straight losses.

JUNE 2011: June started off with birthday party of Surya at Arab street. June 4th weekend was frenzy as I watched 13 Movies, played 4 Hours of Badminton and did 2 Hours of shopping. First week was awesome with lot of movies, games and parties including Rakesh’s anniversary party. This is the month when we discovered about the hottest chicken wings at Sunset Grill and Bar. We successfully completed our first ever National Vertical Marathon by climbing Singapore’s tallest building. We also did a charity walk barefoot for Barclay’s bare your soul walk.

JULY 2011: July was a calm month for me with not much activities other than running. We successfully completed Race against cancer – 15KM and Marina 21KM. Both the run I was able beat my best timing.

AUGUST 2011: August month also did not see any activity for us. It was just the routine. We had a nice time at Santosh and Sowmya’s birthdays. Other than Credit Suisse beach volley ball and Director’s Premier league cricket, I haven’t played much. Wished my brother and dad on their birthdays. We ended the last weekend with bar hopping.

SEPTEMBER 2011: September month was rocking and hectic for us. Swetha & I went to Hong Kong and Macau. It was an awesome trip and we also did our world’s highest bungee jump. couple of weeks later we went along with my whole gang to Bangkok for Bachelors party of Amar & Praveen. We also did our level Rock Climbing certification this month.

OCTOBER 2011: October started off with a day trip to Pulau Ubin, where we have taken some very nice action photos. Diwali was fun as we have again tried some skills of photography. We had a crazy weekend night when we left home in the evening and came back only in the morning at 7AM. It was also special as it was the month of mom’s birthday. Amar got married this month and we all wished him at the airport. The most exciting part of October was a present from Swetha. I was very very much impressed with her work. He created a video with my photos and a song in the background. The timing was impeccable.

NOVEMBER 2011: November was a tragic month for my family. Swetha and her family have gone through agony and pain due to the tragic death of Sreekanth.

DECEMBER 2011: With in a month we had another bad news of my grand father’s expiry. I was not so sad as he got relief from pain that he was going through. Swetha & I have done our Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon. I have done the full while Swetha did the half marathon.

Even though I started writing about this on a weekend, I am ending this on a weekend as it took some time to recollect of what has happened over a year. I wish my new year will have more and more adventures and stories to talk about.

January 7, 2012

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

December 29, 2011

Best Test Bowler Debuts of the Year 2011

Recently when Marchant de Lange took 7 wickets against Sri Lanka in Kingsmead test, my brother tweeted about the debutants coming into the arena with a bang. I got curious and wanted to write about the debutants who have taken five wicket hauls in their first test.

Elias Sunny
96/6 vs West Indies – Chittagong Test

Being part of a team where we always here only one name Shakid Al Hasan, Elias sunny is a bright prospect to give the ex-captain some support with his performances. This Left arm spinner has claimed six wickets in the first innings of the first Test against the West Indies. This performance of his has helped Bangladesh in dismissing West Indies for 244. He was deservedly named man of the match

Nathan Lyon
34/5 vs Sri Lanka – Galle Test

Other than Shane Warne, we have hardly heard about any spinners in Australian side. Nathan Lyon who debuted for Australia against Sri Lanka has taken five wickets in his first Test. The icing on the cake for him is wicket of Sangakarra with his first ball of his debut over. He has shown some strong performances and as of now he is the best option for spin for Australia.

Doug Bracewell
85/5 vs Zimbabwe – Bulawayo Test

Doug played his first match against the minnows Zimbabwe. He took his first five wicket haul in the second innings of his first test. He came into limelight for his splending performance against Australia which helped Kiwis to win a test match against Australia since 1993. His devastating spell of 6-40 has overshadowed David Warners century in the match. This was also first victory for Kiwis in Australia since 1985.

Ravichandran Ashwin
47/6 vs West Indies – Delhi Test

Ravichandran Ashwin who has been quite successful in IPL and ODIs made a similar start to his test career. He had a memorable Test debut, claiming 6 wickets for 47 runs in the 2nd innings of the first Test against the West Indies in Delhi. He finished the match with the figures of 128/9 and went on to be named MOM on debut.

Vernon Philander
15/5 vs Australia – Cape Town Test

For me he is the best debutant bowler of the year. He started off with a devastating spell against Australia in the first test which was over in 3 days. It was a remarkable Test debut for South Africa seamer Vernon Philander in Cape Town, where Australian wickets tumbled and Proteas scoring an eight-wicket victory. Australia were shot out for 47 in the second innings, the country’s lowest completed Test innings total since 1902. From there he took 4 five wicket hauls in 2 months.

James Pattinson
27/5 vs New Zealand – Gabba Test

The 21 year old James Pattison has been the fastest of the debutant bowlers of 2011. He is able to get the pace and bounce and the swing at the same time. He showed the world his arrival by getting 5 wickets for 27 runs against New Zealand in the first test in Brisbane. He has added lot of strength to the inexperienced and vulnerabale Australian line up.

Pat Cummins
79/6 vs South Afirica – Wanderers Test

Australia always had very talented fast bowlers. Pat Cummins made a dream debut with a haul of 6 for 79 against South Africa in the second innings of the second Test. Being the youngest in the team the 18-year-old New South Wales right-arm fast bowler has a very bright future. With three young and talented youngters Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc in Australian team, I look forward to see yet another dominant side in near future.

Marchant de Lange
81/7 vs Sri Lanka – Kingsmead Test

After Vernon Philander, Marchant de Lange did his debut against Sri Lanka in the second test. He finished the first innings with seven wickets for 81 runs and became the eighth bowler to take a five-wicket haul on debut this year. South Africa team now has a very strong bowling department with Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Kallis and the latest addition Marchant de Lange.

December 20, 2011

One Day Cricket in 2011

As all the One Day Internationals for the year of 2011 are over now, I felt that it is apt time to look back at matches played this year and how teams fared.

A total of 146 ODIs were played during the year (2 more than last year), a number that is significantly inflated due to the exhaustive One Day cricket. This year is also special for Sachin and India as they have won ICC World Cup. This high number has also contributed to some of the great performances and outstanding records. Virender Sehwag’s double ton and Shane Watson’s 15 sixes are couple of them which I cannot afford missing out without mentioning here.

Even though Australia did not show their dominance in Test Cricket but has fared very well in ODIs this year. On the other side, England has dominated Test Cricket but couldn’t show the same dominance in ODIs. This year of cricket belongs to Pakistan as they have fared well in all forms of cricket. India has also played well, but the X-Factor was missing for India. Below is the summary table of ODIs for this year.

One Day Summary

If we look at the ranking, there is no much change in them. The top 3 from last year has continued to show their strength and retained their spots. Other are still fighting to go up the ladder.

One Day Ranking

Australia (M-25,W-18,L-6,T-0,NR-1)

After losing Ashes at home, Australia came hard on England and won the 7 match series with 6-1. They also went on to win the only match against New Zealand played as part of Chappel – Hadlee Trophy. Australia lost to Team India in quarters of World Cup while the later went on to win the cup. Australia did clean sweep 3-0 against the minnow Bangladesh. They also won the 5 match series 3-2 against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. One more major success came as a 3 match series win 2-1 against South Africa in South Africa. Overall this year was good in One Days for Australia.

India (M-34,W-21,L-10,T-2,NR-1)

India’s biggest success came as World Cup win this year. After 28 years, India went on to win their Second World Cup. India started this year with a 5 match series loss 2-3 to South Africa. After World Cup, India toured West Indies and won the 5 match series 3-2. The most forgettable series ever with England resulted in a clean sweep 0-5. India came hard against England and did a clean sweep 5-0 at home. This was when India has for the first time seen empty stadiums when India was playing. You can blame too much of cricket and especially too much of England. Later India continued its dominance at home by winning the 5 match series 4-1 against West Indies.

South Africa (M-15,W-9,L-6,T-0,NR-0)

Overall South Africa played very less cricket this year in both ODIs and Tests. They started the year with success against India at home. In World Cup they reached Quarters but yet again they chocked and couldn’t go further. After world cup they played again in November against Australia at home and lost the series 1-2.

Sri Lanka (M-28,W-14,L-12,T-0,NR-2)

Sri Lanka started their year on a great note winning the home series 2-0 against West Indies. They also reached the finals of World Cup. They then lost to England 2-3 in England. They lost to Australia at home 2-3. Their rues continued and lost badly to inform Pakistan 1-4.

Pakistan (M-32,W-24,L-7,T-0,NR-1)

Pakistan had a great run in ODIs this year. They started off with a series win against New Zealand 3-2. They also reached Semi-Finals of World Cup and lost to their Arch Rival India. Pakistan went on to win their next series 3-2 against West Indies and then 2-0 against minnow Ireland and then 3-0 against another minnow Zimbabwe. Pakistan won their next series against Sri Lanka 4-1 and then against Bangladesh 3-0. Overall Pakistan team has performed exceptionally well, though 8 of their matches were against teams like Ireland, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

England (M-30,W-11,L-16,T-2,NR-1)

The only series worth mentioning for England would be their World Cup performance which made them reach Quarter Finals and their clean sweep 5-0 against India. They have faced heavy losses against Australia 1-6 and India 0-5. Their only other series win was against Sri Lanka 3-2.

New Zealand, West Indies & Bangladesh have had mixed results and are yet to improve and show their presence in the elite group of cricketing nations. The performances from other countries are not worth mentioning.

December 19, 2011

Test Cricket in 2011

Last year was a forgettable year for Pakistan Cricket team due to the Spot Fixing scandal which came into light at the fag end of the year. We were expecting more of such incidents to come into light. But this year has been a clean and pure competitive year in International Cricket.

As we are at just 10 days away from 2012, I wanted to do a round of how each teams have fared in Test Cricket.

This year has been a showcase of great performances from many teams. Below is the summary of how each team fared in Test Cricket.

Tests Summary

From the above table it is quite obvious that England has ruled the Test Cricket in 2011. Due to extraordinary performances from the top order and wonderful job by the bowling department has given England the Number one ranking in Test Cricket for 2011.

Test Ranking

England (M-8,W-6,L-0,D-2)

England started their year on a winning note in the last match of Ashes against Australia and won the 5 match series with 3-1. They continued this form into the series with Sri Lanka. After drawing the first 2 matches, they won the last test and winning the 3 match series with 1-0. Then came the much hyped Pataudi Trophy series against India. The result of this series was the deciding factor for the years best team. England did a clean sweep by winning all the 4 matches of the series.

India (M-11,W-3,L-4,D-4)

India started their year by drawing the test against South Africa and hence ending up the series in 1-1. In the mid of year when India toured West Indies, India were favorites and were the number one team in Tests. Even though India has won the 3 match series 1-0, they could not show their dominant cricket. Immediately after West Indies tour, India had the most forgettable series of the year against England. India lost all the matches (4-0) of the series and their first series loss under Dhoni’s captaincy. At the end of the year in November, India has shown their dominance at home and won the 3 match series 2-0 against West Indies. On the boxing day, India will start their first test against Australia and I hope they start the series and end the year on a winning note.

South Africa (M-4,W-2,L-1,D-1)

South Africa played only 4 tests till date this year. They started the year with a draw against India. Australia toured South Africa at the end of the year in November. Both won one match each and have drawn the series at 1-1. South Africa started on a winning note against Sri Lanka in the 3 test series which started in mid of December. They will play their second test in the series on the boxing day and I will good luck to both the teams.

Australia (M-8,W-3,L-3,D-2)

Australia started off the year with the loss of the Ashes Series to England at home. Australia then toured Sri Lanka and won the 3 match series 1-0. Australia then played two 2 match series against South Africa and New Zealand and drew both the series at 1-1. Overall they did not have a great year, but would definitely hope to revive with the series against India.

Sri Lanka (M-10,W-0,L-4,D-6)

Sri Lanka had a forgettable year in Tests this year. They did not win even a single test match. They lost three 3 match series 1-0 against England, Australia and Pakistan. They have also started their 3 match series against South Africa on a losing note. I hope to see some great cricket from the youngsters of Sri Lanka.

Pakistan (M-9,W-5,L-1,D-3)

Pakistan started the year with a 1-0 series win in 2 matches played against New Zealand in New Zealand. They then toured West Indies and draw the 2 match series 1-1. They also won the only test against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe. They won the 3 match series 1-0 against Sri Lanka in UAE. They continued their winning streak by winning the first test against Bangladesh and I am sure they will win the second test too. This year has been incredible for Pakistan and they have not lost any of the Series. One more appreciating factor for Pakistan is that, all the matches were overseas for them and they did not have the home advantage.

West Indies (M-10,W-2,L-4,D-4)

West Indies lost the series against India in both India and West Indies. They drew the series against Pakistan and won 2 match series against Bangladesh 1-0.

New Zealand (M-5,W-2,L-2,D-1)

New Zealand Lost the 2 match series 1-0 to Pakistan. They won the only match against Zimbabwe. The only good news for New Zealand this year is their first ever Test win against Australia in Australia. They have also leveled the 2 match series 1-1.

Bangladesh (M-4,W-0,L-3,D-1)

Bangladesh lost the series to Zimbabwe, West Indies and now on the verge of losing against Pakistan. Hope to see better performances from the young team.

December 9, 2011

Virender Sehwag hits 200

Yesterday the world has seen the true potential of Virender Sehwag through his Swashbuckling innings of 219.

10 years back, getting a century in a test was an awesome thing. Then Sehwag came and the equations changed in test arena and he proved that getting 300 is not a tough task with in 300 balls. It was at that moment I thought that if any one could score the highest score in ODIs, it would be either Sachin or Sehwag. Sachin for his technique, experience and perseverance. Sehwag for just one reason, his blitzkrieg.

I have been waiting for this innings for quite long now. He came pretty close against Bangladesh but couldn’t make it big. In midst of having a bad patch of career this year, he needed the much required innings to prove and stabilise his position in the team for the upcoming tours.

After three consecutive failures, yesterday was the right day for him to score well and take India home. He showed his natural flair in scoring the runs without giving any chances to West Indies team. He scored an amazing 219 which includes 25 Fours & 7 Sixes. I would like to see more and more such innings from Sehwag.

December 4, 2011

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2011

I have done the most amazing and most stupidest thing in my life today. Amazing because I have passed the most difficult test to my mental strength and determination while stupidest thing because I have not run even 5K in last 6 months. Yes I have done my full marathon at the most prestigious Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon along with Amar and 20000 fellow runners who were competing in this category.

Exactly One Year back, I did my first ever run and it was half marathon at SC Marathon 2010. We did lot of other runs from then and felt confident that we were ready for the full marathon. In July, yet again Amar inspired (may be motivated .. hmmm may be forced) me to register for the full marathon. We felt that we had enough time to practice and we can finish off the race in 6 hours.

From there, days passed, weeks passed and months passed away. Before we realised and started our practice, December was showing up on the calendar and the D-Day has come.

The race was today (on 4th December 2011) in different categories:

Full Marathon – 42.195km
Half Marathon – 21.1km
10km Run

Kids Dash
Between 10-13 Years Old
Between 7-9 Years Old
Between 4-6 Years Old
3 Years and below

Ekiden – 42.195km (Each team must consist of 6 participants)

Amar & I, registered for Full Marathon while Swetha, Surya, Nagaraj, Mahesh & Praveen registered for half marathon. We also inspired, motivated and forced many others in the office to register.

Our full marathon route. Trust me 42KM is not a small distance 😉

This was half marathon route. This is same as what we did last year.

Race T-shirts along with the race BIBs

The D-Day has come and a record-breaking number of 65,000 runners were ready to flag-off from three different start lines:
Orchard Road (Full Marathon) – Start at 5.00AM
Sentosa (Half Marathon) – Start at 6.30AM
Esplanade Bridge (10km) – Start at 7.45AM

As the race was at 5AM, we had to start from home by 3:45AM. As always we couldn’t sleep the day before due to excitement.

Race day, we woke up at 3AM and got ready by 4AM. Amar & I, took a taxi to Orchard. We had couple of bananas before the race, which was actually our life savior.

The atmosphere at Orchard was electrifying. With Christmas round the corner, Orchard road was decorated with lights and was looking beautiful. We could see 20000 runners from different countries, different ages and different walks of life roaring to start their run.

As the clock ticked 5:00AM, the light turned green and the elite runners literally were invisible in a flash, while we others started off slowly waving hands to the cameras and the people cheering us around the track. As there were thousands of us running, we ran the initial 4KM at a very comfortable pace. The first 10KM was like a CBD area tour as we were going through the streets of Dhoby Ghaut, SMU, Fort Canning, City Hall, Clarke Quay, China Town, Fullerton Hotel, Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands, Tanjong Rhu, Marina Bay and finally entered ECP by the end of 12KM.

I was having water at every drinks station which were placed at every 2KM mark. It was at the 13th KM that I felt a little pain in my right leg but I still continued. Not more than 100Mts from there, the pain was unbearable. I stopped, did some stretching and felt a little relief. I called up Amar to check his position and he was almost there where I was standing. As I further walked, the pain got more acute and I was about to give up the race. It was then Amar came to me and reminded me of our motto (Run. Walk. Crawl. Finish)

Amar was with me for the next 1KM and after looking at me suffering, even he asked me to stop. At this point, I took the Active Muscle Rub from the volunteers and felt a little relief. I asked Amar to go ahead at his pace and I will stop if at all I cannot do it.

By the time I reached 20KM mark, I was literally limping and every next step was my target. I saw Amar in his 23rd KM by then. I took it very very slow. I slept for 5 Mins in between,  I stretched my muscles every KM, I did sit ups every now and then, I had drinks all the way and finally reached 26KM mark. It was then I realised that I took 3 hours for the last 13KM and there were hardly 300 to 400 people behind me.

I called my bro and used Skype to show the race to mom, dad & bro. I felt very happy when I saw the 29KM mark as I could see the banana station. I was feeling very very hungry by then. As we could not see any volunteer at the banana station, one of the fellow runner took an initiative and distributed bananas. At this point, I was also suffering from headache. I went int0 Seven Eleven on the way and took Panadol. Eating Banana and having Panadol proved to be the turning point of my run. I felt very energetic and started to enjoy the pain.

I walked faster not thinking about the pain and was happy to see my self cruising. From 30KM to 40KM, there was no shelter and everyone was very very tired by then. As I was walking slowly till 30KM, I had all the energy to beat the rest. Infact at 34KM, I even crossed Amar who was having a bad patch of run from 30KM mark.

Finally, as we crossed Esplanade it was just 150Mts from the finish line. I took all my courage and neglected the pain and ran till the finish line to get a nice picture :).

Yes, we did it. We completed 42.195KM run. I took the finishers medal and t-shirt and was proud to sport the t-shirt immediately.

Surya & Swetha were waiting for us after their half marathon. They congratulated us and we left home immediately as we were very hungry.

I am sure we could do better if we have practiced properly. Better luck for the May Sundown Marathon.

November 30, 2011

Social Media 2011

Change is Rapid

November 7, 2011

Hari Raya Al Adha

October 9, 2011

Long Hiatus

Its been quite a while that I wrote anything here. You can blame it on Work, Laziness and travelling. After this hiatus what made me write this post is yet another weekend activity.

I & Surya was discussing during the week that we have to take a break from activities and rest at home. Everything was going as planned until Saturday evening when Nagaraj came home and asked us to get ready to chill out at Arab Street. Even though Surya was not keen in coming we somehow convinced him and left home by 8PM.

We have been to Arab Street the previous week too and we liked the Bazuka Cafe on Ophir Road. So we thought we shall go to the same place as some of the members were not available during the last visit. Before entering Bazuka Cafe, we thought we shall have some food.

We went to Haji lane and entered some random Turkish restaurant and ordered Lavash breads with Babaganush, Cacik, Humus, Saksuna, Ezme Salad and some Turkish drink. We entered Bazuka Cafe by 9.30PM.

Ordered Long Island Iced Tea (which is made of Tequila, Vodka, Gin, Rum and Contreau) and Margarita along with Green Apple Seesha. The music was awesome and we ordered multiple rounds of drinks along with some Chicken Wings and Chicken Shawarma. It was around 1AM that everyone was on high and we started dancing in that little bar for the wonderful dance music (LMAO mixes and Pitbul mixes) being played.

It was raining outside and we did not realise that the time was already 2.30AM. We need a signal from someone or somewhere to understand that its now time to leave. Right at that spot Praveen dropped the seesha and that became the point where we payed the bill and left the place.

As it was totally for Nagaraj that we were out today we went to Clarke Quay at that time (3AM) on his request. We entered Rupee Room and danced as if no one were looking at us. We all totally lost control and were enjoying all the songs and the stupid steps that we were doing on the dance floor. It was 5.15AM that I realised we have to leave and then we left the pub.

We got the taxi after a long wait and then as it was already 6AM, we went to Airport to have our breakfast. We had sumptuous breakfast at Anand Bhavan and came home at 7AM. Even though I slept for 6 hours I am still feeling very sleepy at 8PM in the night.

I hope you all had a great weekend and I wish you all have a great week ahead.